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Old 02-17-2018, 01:50 PM   #1
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Default Garmin Basecamp custom route making

I got a question a bit ago about the inability to get a custom route done in Basecamp to transfer and be the same when put into the GPS unit.

They appeared to have the settings OK, especially the transfer ones that are in Edit/Options and then Device Transfer tab. Only the "Always match route to map on device". They also had the same map revision on both the GPS and the computer Basecamp program.

The problem was if they made a custom route to somewhere from home, the GPS would only get any destinations that were in the route, but then would likely ignore them and chose it's own route. Shaping points from dragging and dropping the route in Basecamp might get transferred but would also be ignored.

The issue appears to be that the GPS does not start a custom made route from the location you are, and then go to the first shaping point on the route. What actually looks to happen is that the GPS asks you what destination on the route you want to go to and you chose it from the list. The GPS then navigates itself to the destination that you chose, ignoring the shaping points. Once you have gone through that first, selected destination, the GPS will stay on the custom route from there.

The easiest solution that we have found for this issue, which we had also, is to add a destination to the route that is only about 1/2 block down the road from home. When the GPS asks for the destination to go to when we are starting out, we tell it to go to the one 1/2 block away. Once we go through that point the GPS will pick up the custom route and follow it like it was created on Basecamp.

The same thing can happen on multi-destination, multi-day routes. You will be in the middle of the route when you stop for the night, and when you start out in the morning the GPS will ask which destination you want to go to. Usually, destinations you have already passed don't show up. You pick the next destination from where you are and tell the GPS to go, and it will chose the route to that destination most of the time. If that destination is a long ways away, you can wind up taking a much different route than you planned.

The solution for this is the same as leaving from home. Just add a destination to the route, that is on the original route, at a point close to where you are camped and chose that destination when the GPS asks before you start moving. The GPS will chose a path of it's own choice to that new destination to get you back on route, and then it will pick up the custom route from there on.
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